Allison Anderson

My primary research goals are to understand how people adapt to space and to develop technology to enable an improved capacity for working in space for longer durations. My aim is to facilitate human space exploration and to further the field of space science. I am interested in research on extravehicular activity systems to assess and understand the restrictions of current space suit designs. My work also investigates astronaut visual acuity and structural changes to the eye after long duration spaceflight by looking at the eye’s response to changes in gravitational force, posture, and fluid shift. This work also investigates noninvasive intracranial pressure measurement techniques with intended applications on-orbit and on Earth, where it has potential to improve health and medical monitoring. Additionally, I investigate behavioral health issues in isolated, confined environments. We have deployed computer-based training and treatment for conflict, stress and depression, including virtual reality for stress reduction and relaxation. Our research group continues to expand into additional exciting research areas, but ultimately it all ties back to designing technologies that measure, address, and improve the body’s response to spaceflight.


My students come to Bioastronautics with skills in engineering, human physiology, biomechanics, design, electronics, statistics, and human experimentation. I am always looking for smart, creative people who are passionate about human spaceflight and improving human health on Earth. If this research is exciting to you, please e-mail me ( your CV, a short description of your specific research interests, and your goals in pursuing a PhD. No form letters please!